00MS00392 | Print/Scan/Copy/Fax
Review Date: 1st October 2009
Author: Simon Williams
These days, office workgroup printers need to be not just fast, but smart and secure too, as well as capable of producing great quality. We see if the Lexmark X736de is up to the task.
A fully network-aware multifunction printer can do a lot more than handle all the printing from a workgroup. The new breed of machine, typified by the Lexmark X736de, provides control through a colour touch-screen and duplex scanning and copying.
It's designed to save energy and costs and to provide the flexibility of custom-written applications, which can be added to the machine's main, graphical menu system.
The large screen of the printer works through a series of virtual buttons and icons to control simple tasks like copying and faxing, but also to work through job queues and schedule printing. There's a USB drive slot on the front panel and, assuming a person has the correct privileges, walk-up printing of documents and images is supported too.
Remote access to the front panel of the printer is available through the supplied monitoring software, which is also security protected, so access can be restricted to staff on a need-to-use basis. Help for busy IT departments is also provided by traffic-shaping technology, which packets large documents emailed from the 600dpi scanner, so they don't hog the network. It may sound like a small, geeky feature, but it can make a big difference to the overall performance of a network.
You can have a lot of fun with the printer’s graphical interface, with many Lexmark resellers prepared to help with customisation or even to produce complete applications from scratch. Typical uses are to provide branded screensavers or even to feed information, such as RSS feeds, through to the printer when it's not in use.
There's quite a bit of flexibility in how you feed paper, too, with a 550-sheet paper tray and a 100-sheet, pull-down multifunction tray as standard and options for three more 550-sheet trays, or a 2,000-sheet high-capacity feeder. It's a bit odd there's no similar expansion on the output side, with collators or multi-bin sorters, but Lexmark argues that in many workgroups, there's little need for one.
Lexmark claims speeds of 33ppm for black and colour print, at the machine's default resolution of 1,200dpi. Our five-page, black text document gave 13.6ppm, but this increased to 22.6ppm when we printed the 20-page test. Even so, it's some way short of the headline figure. Our five-page text and colour graphics test gave 16.7ppm, surprisingly faster than the black text test of the same length.
Duplex print often slows prints down substantially and here the 20-page document returned 12 sides per minute, which is a little on the sluggish side. Even so, it's not slow enough to prevent duplex mode being set as standard in many businesses.
Duplex scanning is standard on the X736de, but only with what Americans call a peek-a-boo paper path, which is also used by the duplex print engine. The paper exits from the scanner after the first side of each page has been scanned, but is then fed back in to scan the second side, as the scanner head itself is single-sided. In fact, each duplex scanned page is fed back through a third time, to turn it round and keep the source document collated.
If this seems a little long-winded, the whole process still manages to keep pace with the print engine in a duplex copy, so isn't a problem. Interleaving of scanning and printing is generally good, so our 20-page simplex copy took just 46 seconds.
Print quality is one of the features for which Lexmark is rightly renowned. Black text is sharp and clean and, even when printing two pages to the sheet, one of the eco-offerings in the printer's arsenal, remains clear and easy to read. Colour graphics are bright and rich, so areas of solid fill look... well, solid.
Colour copies don't do quite so well, with blues showing a slightly purple cast and some bands of lighter colour apparent. For general purpose office work, though, they're acceptable. Finally, photo images are a little over-vivid to be fully natural, but for many purposes will also be adequate.
Consumables are available in two capacities: 8,000 and 12,000 pages for black and 6,000 and 10,000 for colour. The typical costs for these cartridges give page costs of 1.03p and 8.93, respectively, for the high capacity, Return Programme cartridges, but this machine is available to lease, so you can pay by the click, if you prefer. Print costs are better than many, with the colour cost particularly attractive.
Lexmark has a comprehensive recycle programme for used consumables and depending on the size of the customer, can offer pre-paid envelopes or bin-collection facilities for used cartridges. It claims a take-up rate of 78 per cent for its recycling efforts in the UK.
|Speed Monochrome||Up to 33ppm Mono Print|
|Printer Resolution||1200 x 1200 dpi Print|
|Speed Colour||Up to 33ppm Colour Print|
|Double Sided Printing||Automatic Double Sided Printing|
|Product Group Output||A4|
|Printer Enhanced Resolution||2400 x 600 dpi Print Enhanced|
|Double Sided Printing (Duplex)||Duplex as Standard|
|Print First Page||10 Seconds|
|Scan Facility Present||Yes|
|Scanner Type||Flatbed ADF Colour Scanner|
|Copy Speed Colour||33ppm Color Copy|
|Copy Speed Monochrome||33ppm Mono Copy|
|Copier Reduce/Enlarge||25 to 400% Copy|
|Copy Facility Present||Yes|
|Copy First Page||14 Seconds|
|Fax Speed||33.6Kbps Fax|
|Fax Facility Present||Yes|
|Interface Type(s)||USB & Network|
|Network Interface||Ethernet Network|
|Network Printing Protocols||LPR/LPD Direct IP (Port 9100) HTTP NDS Queue-based Printing NDPS/NEPS (Novell Distributed Print Services, Novell Netware Enterprise Print Services) Enhanced IP (Port 9400) FTP, TFTP IPP 1.1 (Internet Printing Protocol) ThinPrint .print integration|
|Network Protocol||TCP/IP IPv4 IPX/SPX AppleTalk LexLink (DLC) TCP/IP IPv6 TCP UDP|
|Preview Monitor Size (Diagonal)||7ins|
|Preview Monitor Type||Colour Touchscreen|
|USB Ports||2 x USB 2.0|
|Memory (Maximum)||512MB (1536MB Max) RAM|
|Operating Systems Supported||Windows & Mac Compatible|
|Paper Handling Input 1||100 Sheet Multi-Purpose Input Tray|
|Paper Handling Input 2||550 Sheet Input Tray|
|Automatic Document Feeder||Yes|
|Maximum Paper Size||A4|
|Media Supported||Card Stock Envelopes Glossy paper Paper Labels Plain Paper Transparencies Vinyl Labels|
|Paper Handling Output||250 Sheet Output Bin|
|Paper Size||10 Envelope 7 3/4 Envelope 9 Envelope A4 A5 B5 Envelope C5 Envelope DL Envelope B5 Executive Folio JIS-B5 Legal Letter Statement Universal Oficio|
|Paper Weight||80g/Sq m|
|Scanner Document Size||21.6 x 35.5cm|
|Monthly Duty Cycle||85k Pages Per Month|
|Mono or Colour Printer||Colour|
|Technology||Multifunction Laser Printer|
|Dimensions||54.6cm (W) x 62.2cm (D) x 78.7cm (H) - Weight 44.0kg|
|Environmental||Operating Temperature 16 to 32C - Humidity 8 to 80%|
|Product Summary||Lexmark X736de A4 Colour Multifunction Laser Printer|
|Product Type||A4 Laser Printer|
|Carton Dimensions||1044 x 730 x 670 mm - 61.7 kg|
|Mono Toner Life||10000 Pages|
|Number of Print Cartridges||2|
|Printer Languages||PostScript, PCL5|
|Font Capabilities||3 of 9 scalable PCL 5e fonts in Narrow, Regular and Wide 158 scalable PostScript fonts 2 PCL bitmap fonts 39 scalable PPDS fonts 5 PPDS bitmap fonts 84 scalable PCL fonts OCR-A, OCR-B scalable PCL 5e fonts|
|Security||SNMPv3 802.1x Authentication: MD5, MSCHAPv2, LEAP, PEAP, TLS, TTLS IPSec|
|In The Box||Lexmark X736de colour printer, AC Cable (UK), CD/DVD (including Software/ Utilities/ Drivers and User Manuals), Setup Guide, Starter Toners CMY = 6000 pages Black = 6000 pages|
|Warranty||1 Year On-Site Service, Next Business Day|
|Certifications||Energy Star, CAN/CSA-C22.2 60950-1, CSA E60825-1, ICES-003 Class A, BSMI Class A, VCCI Class A, US FDA, FCC Class A, UL 60950-1, EN/IEC 60320-1, CE Class A, CB IEC 60950-1, EN 60950-1, EN/IEC 61000-3, EN 55022 Class A, EN 55024, EN/IEC 60825-1, GS (T V),|
**Page yields are declared by the manufacturer in accordance with ISO/IEC standards or occasionally estimated based on 5% per page coverage. Yields will vary greatly depending on image, area coverage, print mode and environmental conditions.
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